Ariya Jutanugarn posted a final round 66 at Gullane Golf Club to claim her third victory of the season at the ASI Ladies Scottish Open.
Jutanugarn got off to a somewhat slow start on Sunday, offsetting a bogey with a birdie to sit even-par through six holes. But the 22-year old Thai picked up the pace depositing a hat trick of birdies on No. 7-9, and a fourth two holes later on No. 11. She added another gain on the par-5 16th hole to reach 13-under par, one clear playing partner Minjee Lee.
The victory earned Jutanugarn $225,000 as well as a return to the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.
“It means a lot to me to win the tournament. I told the caddie this week, you know, what I really want to win on a links course, even one time in my life will be good, so right now my dream come true,” said Jutanugarn.
Lee finished one back at 12-under par following a 66. The Aussie signed for a clean card with five birdies.
Jin Young Ko (67) and Haeji Jang (69) were five shots back at 8-under par, one clear of Carlota Ciganda (69), and overnight co-leader Amy Yang, who struggled to a 72.
I.K. Kim was solo-sixth at 6 under, one better than surprise 36-hole leader Tiffany Joh, who overcame a 9-over 80 on Saturday to post a solid 70 on Sunday and secure a top 10.
2018 ASI LADIES SCOTTISH OPEN
FINAL TOP 10
1. Ariya Jutanugarn -13 (-5)
2. Minjee Lee -12 (-5)
3. Jin Young Ko -8 (-4)
3. Haeji Kang -8 (-2)
5. Carlota Ciganda -7 (-2)
5. Amy Yang -7 (+1)
7. In-Kyung Kim -6 (+3)
8. Jacqui Concolino -5 (-5)
8. Lee-Anne Pace -5 (-1)
8. Tiffany Joh -5 (-1)
Driving: 263.4 yards
Fairways: 23/56, 41.1%
Greens: 57/72, 79.2%
Par-3s: -4 (4 Birdies, 12 Pars)
Par-4s: -1 (6 Birdies, 33 Pars, 5 Bogeys)
Par-5s: -8 (1 Eagle, 7 Birdies, 3 Pars, 1 Bogey)
All-72: -13 (1 Eagle, 17 Birdies, 48 Pars, 6 Bogeys)
“It means a lot to me to win the tournament. I told the caddie this week, you know, what I really want to win on a links course, even one time in my life will be good, so right now my dream come true.”
– Ariya Jutanugarn